Dimitry Bivol is set to make perhaps the most difficult title defense of his career against resurgent hard-hitting Long Islander Joe Smith Jr. this Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona NY. Despite this massive challenge that lies ahead of him Bivol has his eye on a different prize. A super-middleweight strap. The current WBA light heavyweight champ has long stated he could easily make the 168 limit, given his smaller stature this seems possible and a potential fight against current middleweight kingpin Canelo Alvarez who has tested himself at the weight makes it a risk with plenty of finical reward. In recent memory, ‘Bad” Chad Dawson attempted to move down to 168 after holding a title at 175 and failed miserably and was stopped by a smaller Andre Ward.
Mikey Garcia seems to be making a smooth transition from lightweight to welterweight and looks to have added plenty of weight. While he will still certainly be the much smaller man in the ring on March 16th, perhaps the added weight will allow him to stand up better to the larger Errol Spence. The quick weight gain combined with his working relationship with SNAC systems and Victor Conte, who is known as boxings “steroid guy” is certainly going to raise some questions in the head of many. Garcia looks to become a five weight division champion and shock the world against the 147-pound boogeyman Errol “The Truth” Spence in Arlington Texas at AT&T Stadium on March 16th.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, who often times acts more like a PR guy, has ordered WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, to defend against his mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in his next fight. This is in the wake of Tyson Fury refusing to go to purse bids and exploring other options. Wilder was ordered to rematch Fury and Breazeale was ordered to fight Dillian Whyte. Neither of those bouts are going to come off as Fury turned down the purse bids with Wilder. Suliman has now decided to give Breazeale the long waiting mandatory challenger his shot and will continue to wait for Fury to let him now when he’s ready to face Wilder.